Rosie Emerson is an award winning contemporary artist working almost exclusively on representing the female form. She was born in Dorset in1981, She completed her BA in Fine Art from Kingston University in 2004.  Emerson’s figures draw reference from archetype’s old and new, from Artemis to the modern day super model, each solitary figure, becoming an allegory of her own fantasy.

Inspired by her love of theatre, performance, shrines and rituals, she uses lighting, costume, set and prop making, alongside printmaking and painting to create other worldly one off pieces. Her photography is inspired by both the drama of the baroque, and ethereal qualities of Pre Raphaelite works. Other important influences include late medieval and renaissance paintings, Japanese prints, and magical realist literature.

Exploring the interplay between painting, collage, printmaking and photography, Emerson begins by taking portraits in her studio, often making props and costumes to accompany her models. Screen-prints are then created, often hand painted and delicately embellished with bronze powders and gold leaf and using unusual materials including charcoal powder, ash and saw dust. These textural prints shift the focus of printmaking from precision and replication, to the creation of unique, hand-finished prints.

Her Cyanotype works enable her to montage objects with real size photographic negatives. Using UV light from the sun to expose objects and images directly on to the sensitized surface, the works are often hand painted or gilded with gold leaf. Emerson describes ‘the technique itself has an element of magic about it, it's also a wonderful discovery to be able to combine painting, collage and photography in this way’’. 

She has been artist in residence at Somerset House, as part of the National Open Art Competition, and been invited to show in Exhibitions at the RWA, Bristol and the Southbank Centre. She was also a finalist for the Young Masters Prize and shortlisted for the Rise Art Print Award. In 2014 Emerson was commissioned by Hackney WickED Arts Festival to create a new Guinness World record and create the world’s largest Cyanotype photograph.

Her work is widely collected and exhibited both in the UK, as well as internationally, through galleries, art fairs and museums. She has also been commissioned by brands and individuals including Sony, Triumph Underwear, Redbull, P&O Cruises, Toms, and Annoushka jewelry. Her work has also been featured in Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Another Magazine, The Financial Times Magazine and The Sunday Times Style Magazine.


EXHIBITIONS + ART FAIRS

Selected Group & Solo

Upcoming:  

Circle gallery, St Ives, group exhibition with House of artists, UK

Fairhurst Gallery, UK (Solo)

 2018           

New York and London Affordable Art Fair, Decorazon Gallery

Brussell’s Affordable Art Fair, Liberty Gallery

 2017            

Art Palm Springs, Decorazon Gallery, USA

The National Art Open, The Barge house, London

Imperfect Illusions, Joint exhibition, Turner Barnes gallery, UK

Revolutions, Viking Gallery

Blisters, Paperback edition, Print Club, London

New York and Stockholm Affordable Art Fair, Decorazon Gallery

 2016           

Visions and Voices, Joint Exhibition, Decorazon Gallery, NYC Skirball Center, New York, USA

The London Art Fair, Decorazon Gallery

Art on a Postcard, Maddox Gallery, London

New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, Stockholm and London Affordable Art Fairs, Decorazon Gallery

Bristol Affordable Art Fair, Smithson Gallery

 2015           

Enigma’s, Turner Barnes Gallery, Essex, UK (Solo)

Aurora, The Club at The Ivy, London (Solo)

There and Now, Leontia Gallery, London

Finalist Young Masters, Sphinx Fine Art, London, curated by Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London

Kinds of Blue, Candida Stevens Fine Art, Chichester

Texas Contemporary, Decorazon Gallery

Dog Days, Hang Up Gallery, London

Good Figures, Mall Galleries, London, curated by Candida Stevens

The London Art Fair, Fiumano Fine Art, London

2014                       

Ventique, Smithson Gallery, London (Solo)

The Moon is no Door, Opus Gallery, Gloucestershire, UK (Solo)

Sirens, Hang Up Gallery, London (Solo)

Paint on Paper, Hollywood Rd Gallery, London

Carnival, Imitate Modern Gallery, London

Winter Salon, The Lloyds Club, Roberta Moore Contemporary

London, Mexico City and New York AAF, Decorazon Gallery

Hong Kong AAF, Fiumano Fine Art, Hong Kong

 2013                        

Macmillan De'Longhi Art Auction, Bonham’s, RCA, LondonFaçade, Rosie Emerson and Nina Fowler, Anise Gallery, London

Femme, Studio 1019, Decorazon Gallery, Dallas, USA


2012                        

Shrine, Roberta Moore, The Chelsea Club, London (Solo)

Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, London (Solo)

Altered Forms, Rosie Emerson, Anja Niemi and Nancy Fouts, Hang Up Gallery, London

Rapture, Roberta Moore Contemporary, Cheltenham, UK

Guts for Garters, COB Gallery, London

Singapore AAF, Fiumano Fine Art

Celebration, Fiumano Fine Art, London

Sex and Death Guts for Garters, Carnaby Street, London

2011                       

Alchemy, Art at Annoushka, London (Solo)

Nostalgia, Rook and Raven Gallery, London

In Darkness Blooms, View Art Gallery

Anatomy, Guts for Garters, COB Gallery, London

Macmillan De Longi Art Auction, Bonham’s, London

London Fashion Weekend, Somerset House, London

Surreal Women, Guts for Garters- COB Gallery, London

MoMac Pop Up, Roberta Moore Gallery, Cheltenham, UK

Women of the World Festival, The Southbank Centre, London

Photography Open, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

 

COMMISSIONS, AWARDS, RESIDENCIES

2018  Shortlisted Rise art Print Award

2017 Long listed Taylor Wessing Photography Exhibition

2015  Bridgeman Studio Award, Finalist Young Masters, Sphinx Fine Art, London, curated by Cynthia Corbett Gallery

2014  Artist in Residence, Somerset House, as part of The National Open Arts Competition. Awarded a grant by Hackney Wicked Arts Festival, to create the Worlds Largest Cyanotype Photograph. Lecture, The Alternative Photography Collective, London

2011, Judge, The National Arts Open Competition

2010, Album covers for Fiona Bevan and Riddler

2009, P&O Cruises, 15 large works commissioned . Triumph Underwear, Artwork for billboard campaign

PRESS & PUBLICATION

2010-2018

Creative Review, BBC London News Night, Amelia Magazine Interview, Huck Magazine Interview, Wall Street International Magazine, The Londonist review. The Huffington Post, Sunday Times Style Magazine, The Evening Standard, Financial Times, Special Arts Edition, The Telegraph online, Harpers Bazaar, The Sunday Times, Vogue, Country and Townhouse Magazine, Tattler, Another Magazine, 20 x 20 Magazine, The Independent.

EDUCATION

2001-2004 BA Honours in Fine Art. Kingston University, Surrey,

2000-2001 Foundation Studies Bournemouth Arts Institute, Dorset

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